Thank you Emma111
we all have our individual ways of dealing with our diagnosis and/or treatment.
Please forgive me for being so very open - and I hope I do not upset too many saying this -
this is a forum, as I understand it. with threads to share our experiences and to support each other. It is not Facebook, nor a chat site.
It also is a public site - so all, which is written can be read by all and often is.
I appreciate your comments.
Perhaps you may wish to consider this... - how would you feel, if you shared with others how challenging a specific side effect is, reaching out for help and advice - only to have it 'dismissed' on another thread. How would you feel, trying so hard to be positive and upbeat, but simply not being able to even chew your food, because of fatigue. Would you feel confident in reaching out to others, if you read that you side effects are 'horrible' or, if you are supposed to be 'positive', but cannot be?
Hi Tonya and Emma
so good to hear that you are 'sailing' through this.
Chemo does affect each and everyone of us a very differently. Especially as age, health status and personal circumstances also have to be taken into account.
For some - side effects can be very challenging, and if a person does not have any support or help and advice at home and perhaps also being on their own - it can make it a lot more frightening and more challenging.
I, like you, am very lucky - still working 2 weeks out of three after 4th FEC chemo. Emma - watch out - No. 3 FEC, might just floor you - it did me!
You might call me weird, but I am actually quite glad, that many voice their challenges on the monthly threads - reading them has certainly given me a few tips and is helping me get through some more difficult bits.
And, despite being lucky - and lucky it is - others have more challenging diagnosis and harsher treatment plans to deal with, than us. I feel priviledged that I was lucky and am so happy to support them through all of this. If not on these threads, where else can some of us vent our feelings, frustrations and gain a hug - even if it is only a virtual one.
And a journey though cancer diagnosis, treatment and hopefully recovery is not easy fo anyone. Yes, being positive is a great thing, but for others, due to diagnosis and life circumstances being and staying positive is a true challenge!
No matter how lucky we have been, no matter what the prognosis of reocurrance over the next 5/10 years - they are averages! Never forget - cancer is never really cured - it might come back one day and hormone treatment for many years will have quite severe challenges, too.
Not that I am being negative, lol - just very realistic.